Habits of Highly Successful Freelance Writers

Much of making writing your bread and butter is getting into the habit. We don’t just mean carving out time to write – but also time to fall into the patterns of success. If you want to make it as a freelance writer, it’s not just about how well or how fast you can churn out words. Being successful in this business requires an interest and expertise in a number of areas that are far outside the reach of the pen alone. The pen might be mightier than the sword at the end of the day, but it helps to carry both of them with you (as well as some other useful skills) when fending for yourself in the world of content writing freelance!

Read on for some of the habits of highly successful freelance writers.

• Start with SEO. If you’re looking to get into the business of content writing, you need to bone up on the latest and greatest in the world of SEO, or Search Engine Optimization. Essentially, this is the way in which Google and the other search engine giants rank search results – for those who need a primer or just a reminder, try the Wikipedia entry on SEO for a good overview of the subject. Many clients who come to you have SEO top of their list of concerns – and you need to assuage those concerns by using your knowledge of SEO and helping send your clients up to the top of the Google charts!
Successful Freelance Writers• Social media makes it happen. All of the most successful freelance writers and businesses dive deep into the jungles of social media. Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are great places to start. The future of marketing is entirely in social media – and if you want those potential clients to see your name and make that query, get out there and start Tweeting!

• Customer service is key. Even with most of the world striving to be on the sharpest part of the cutting edge, the most old-fashioned business values can be the truest. If you can make purchasing your services a positive experience for the customer, you’re halfway toward getting them to come back to buy again!

• Find the right service providers. Just because you’re a freelancer doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. Be sure to surround yourself with the tools to make it happen – a solid host for your site, a graphic designer to make your advertising materials look good, an editor to give you work the once-over before you send it out. Remember: you don’t have to be good at everything. If you don’t like it or you’re not skilled at it, send it to somebody else who can do it better! Outsourcing isn’t a dirty word in the world of freelance – the more professionals that you can surround yourself with, the stronger you stand to succeed!

Do you have any tips for successful freelance writers? Do you wish more of your freelancers came with a “crew” instead of solo?

 

This post was provided by Laura, our lead writer. Laura has been with us since the launch of ContentEqualsMoney.com and is by far the busiest of our team. If you would like to catch her next opening email us via info@contentequalsmoney.com and we will hook you up!

 

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Amie Marse is the founder of Content Equals Money. She lives in Lexington, KY with her two dogs: Billie and Lily. She has been writing content for her web based clients since 2005. She launched Content Equals Money in Oct of 2010, home of conversion focused content writing services. She loves to chat about small business development and how to make content equal money!

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